The Lemur

Lighted skyscraper at nightYou know that old suggestion that online fiction needs a famous author to kickstart the medium? This exact suggestion seems to have happened quite unintentionally: John Banville, writing under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, is posting up a serial entitled The Lemur over at the New York Times. They’ve put this up in their online version, naturally.

John Banville wrote The Sea, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2005. That should be enough to satisfy the literary snobs out there, though I’m not sure how the story is done (weekly? all completed and submitted, or created on the go?). I do think this will prove to be an interesting experiment – readers have The Lemur in their paper, which is physical, and there’s the online version on a popular site. It’s a lucky combination of elements, one that we don’t usually see for online fiction.

PS: As an aside I’d like to point out the elegant use of fonts and white space over at The Lemur, as well as the strategic pagination of the story. It’s not too long, not too short. Wonderful.

PPS: I’m buried under academic work at the moment, so updates in Novelr will come slow. Real life is a harsh mistress to serve. Forgive me.

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  • Bill Hilton

    Arrgh – why did it have to be Banville? When he won the Booker he got all smug, saying that he was dismayed about the number of ‘middle brow’ books that had been winning in recent years, and that it was nice to see a ‘real book’ (i.e., his) get the prize.

    I wouldn’t mind, but The Sea is the most pretentious load of old tosh that I’ve read in years.

    You’re right about the presentation, though.

    What gives with the academic work? You got exams on?

  • Eli James

    Ouch egotistical author ouch.

    Sorry for the late reply, Bill. Yeah. Exams and a whole lot more. Stress stress stress. :S